This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.



Choose your Username.  For the privacy and safety of you and/or your sailor, NO LAST NAMES ARE ALLOWED, even if your last name differs from that of your sailor (please make sure your URL address does not include your last name either).  Also, please do not include your email address in your user name. Go to "Settings" above to set your Username.  While there, complete your Profile so you can post and share photos and videos of your Sailor and share stories with other moms!

Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit - America's Navy and to learn more.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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NFO moms

A group for moms, family members, spouses or significant others of Naval Flight Officers. A place to share stories, information, and to support each other.

Members: 42
Latest Activity: Oct 9

Welcome to everyone who has joined. We'd love to hear your stories about your NFO.
My son graduated in 2004, was winged in 2006, has been on one deployment, and was recently selected for Test Pilot School- yes they take NFO's! It's been an exciting and sometimes emotional few years.
Please tell us a little about yourself and your NFO. If you have questions about training, deployment, or anything else, please ask. There will be several members with experience to help out the newbies.

Discussion Forum

New to the Group

Started by Sandi424. Last reply by redheadlass Nov 13, 2018. 5 Replies

HI Everyone! Just joined N4M! my middle son leaves for OCS 11/24. Any tips, advice? I truly don't know what to expect.Continue

Travel on USS Theodore Roosevelt - Parent of Officer

Started by ProudStepMom. Last reply by ProudStepMom Feb 14, 2018. 4 Replies

My son said there was a possibility that a family member could travel on the aircraft carrier from Hawaii to California (at the end of deployment).  He didn't know if this opportunity was limited to…Continue

Tags: Travel, Member, Family, Carrier, Aircraft

Merry Christmas, all!

Started by PattyM Dec 25, 2010. 0 Replies

Hope you all are having a wonderful holiday!  Tracy DID get to come home for Christmas weekend :-)  I LOOOOOVE having her on the West Coast for the first time in 4 years :-)  Love to all....

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Comment by Rose on February 15, 2018 at 5:24am

SmIlNgNaVyMoM, happy to help! -- Rose

Comment by Marianne on September 10, 2017 at 3:08pm

Glad you found us, Fran. The aviation group will also be a big help, but this is an even smaller community and there are some points where the pilot/NFO tracks really diverge.

No question is silly, so ask away. This group was a godsend when my LO (Loved One) headed off after winging to 3 years in Japan (his 1st pick).

One thing to be careful of on all sites, and postings on social media is OPSEC. That stands for Operational Security and simply means that you want to be careful not to divulge details on what your daughter in particular or what the Navy in general is doing. That's why we tend to use DS (Dear Son), DD (Dear Daughter), etc.

Navy for Moms is a great site, but there is no vetting and anyone can join up.

Comment by Fran on September 10, 2017 at 12:23pm

I am so happy to have found this page and I thank all of you for your help and support in advance:)

Comment by Fran on September 10, 2017 at 12:22pm

Hi all.  I am new to this group.  My daughter commissioned out of Villanova's NROTC program in May and recently reported to Pensacola for NFO training.  She has not started training yet.  We ask her how she likes the official Navy so far and she thinks the people are nice and the beaches are great:)

Comment by Rose on August 29, 2017 at 11:08am

If you're looking for wiinging gift ideas: We gave our NFO a custom framed artwork piece as a winging gift. Wish I could remember the cost but I think it was in the $300 range, but you can design your own to suit any budget. 

Worked out the details via phone & email with a great guy, Butch, at Wings Pensacola Inc, 1-800-642-9464. (Do a browser search on "Wings Pensacola Inc" & you will see the website address. Not sure if posting a website in this forum is okay.)

The website's "Customer Service Page" has details for customizing plus a link to a Photobucket with samples of finished pieces.

All details can be customized: format, matting, frame, number & types & positioning of items (patches, fleet aircraft prints, info card). Our NFO knew about his gift ahead of time & dropped off the patches to be added, but Butch can also get patches if needed.

We picked up the gift at his store on South Navy Blvd when we arrived in P'cola for the winging and had fun looking around the store. 

The website also has a gift catalogue (if you want other ideas beside the framed artwork) and other general aviation items.

Hope you find this info helpful. Congrats to your aviators!

Comment by Marianne on August 15, 2017 at 12:11pm
I think it depends on the platform. My DS is in Hawkeye. He was in P'Cola and then went to Norfolk, where he winged
Comment by Matt's mom on August 14, 2017 at 8:28pm

Do NFO's have to do any time at Whiting Field, or are they strictly at Pcola?  Trying to find housing and wondered if he should try for Angel Cove. Thanks

Comment by 2017Commission on August 14, 2017 at 10:34am

She just commissioned.  But, I am doing financial projections to see what her maximum contribution to the TSP retirement plan can be.  I am also doing her sister (who is working on a transfer to nuke) & nukes get a total of $17,000 after completion of nuke school.  That's probably why the bonus here does not seem like much.

Comment by Marianne on August 13, 2017 at 10:19pm
I don't recall any bonus, but my DS winged in 2012. What stage is your LO at?
Comment by 2017Commission on August 13, 2017 at 9:31pm

Thanks Marianne!  So it appears what I saw was correct.  Any one time bonus for finishing flight school or other training (like they do for finishing nuke school)?


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